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Some of the information on this webpage was derived from the following sources:
Sams, Jamie & Carson, David. Medicine Cards: the Discovery of Power Through the Way of Animals. Santa Fe, NM. 1988. Print.
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Hamster: Communing and Healing
Hamster brings like-minded people to you with its appearance in your life. No matter how different your beliefs are from the norm, you will find yourself meeting people who think like you do. When this totem appears, it signals a time to explore new possibilities, a time to open (or reopen) spiritual doors. It also brings a cautionary message: are you being too solitary in your spiritual practices? Do you need to seek out groups to help with your healing work? Are you ignoring the opportunities presented to you to involve yourself in healing activities? Take advantage of all the opportunities that this special totem brings.
Hawk: Power, Magic, Messenger
Hawk is the messenger, the protector and the visionaries of the Air. It holds the key to higher levels of consciousness. This totem awakens vision and inspires a creative life purpose. A Hawk totem is filled with responsibility because Hawk people seek the overall view. Be careful not to become caught up in the details; step back (or fly high) so you can see the big picture. Observe and study your surroundings and work on accepting things the way they are, rather than forcing change. Soar high above the mundane and everyday problems and find the peace and power that comes from having a Hawk totem.
A Red-Tailed Hawk totem is special. It has direct ties to the Kundalini, the seat of primal life force. It is associated with the base chakra. If you have this Totem, you will be aware of and work towards fulfilling your soul's purpose. It reflects a greater intensity of energy within your life: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual forces will all be strong within you. The Red-Tail Hawk is a permanent totem -- it will always be with you. It is associated with the Tarot card Temperance. This card represents the teaching of higher expressions of psychic ability and vision.
Hedgehog reminds you to take the time to enjoy life, no matter what is happening otherwise. It also is the symbol of the Wisdom of the Female Elder, with close ties to Mother Earth; therefore, planting and gardening is very beneficial to you. Hedgehog has a deep connection to the female Goddess energy and allows those who have its totem to connect to that energy. People with a Hedgehog totem often understand weather patterns - they know when it will rain. Hedgehog also teaches how to be on the defense and how to protect yourself. It shows how to protect the soft inside - your inner self. Hedgehog shows how to be gentle, yet protective at the same time. How to build defenses and protective barriers that discourage negative people.
Heron, Egret: Self Determination and Self-Reliance
A Heron or an Egret totem teaches balance; the ability to progress and evolve -- to walk into deeper waters without fear. It is important for someone with a Heron or an Egret totem to learn to stand on their own two feet, to become independent and self-reliant. Heron and Egret has a strong connection to the element of Earth and you must also be aware and cultivate this connection. The Mother Earth is a source of strength and will help you stand strong and firm. Heron or Egret medicine allows you to perform many tasks at the same time, keeping all in balance. Heron and Egret people do not need a lot of people in their life and they are often follow non-traditional roles. You know what is best for you and you should follow that path. Mediation on color will provide insight to Heron and Egret people.
The Hippo totem represents power, but not physical power. It gives you the strength to create, imagine and heal. Hippo also awakens your awareness and intuition. Trust your intuition but be careful to stay grounded - remember, even when Hippo is in water, its feet are usually firmly planted on the ground. Since Hippo lives in water, it is a link to the healing and spiritual realm of that element - and Hippo will teach you how to be strong there. Call upon Hippo when you are starting a new project and Hippo will give you the strength to see it through to the end.
Horse: Travel, Power, Freedom
Horses are symbols of freedom. This totem brings new journeys. It will teach you to ride in new directions and discover your own freedom and power. Horse people are usually friendly and adventurous. If you have a Horse totem, you must ask yourself: "Am I feeling constricted? Do you need to move on or allow others to move on?" Horse will teach you how to ride into new directions to awaken and discover your own freedom and power.
Hyena: Instincts and Discernment
Hyena's message is three-fold. First, a cautionary message: be careful of your words. Kind words will mean twice as much while hurtful words will cut twice as deep. The next message is pay attention to your intuition. If it feels wrong - don't do it. If it feels right - go for it! Lastly, groups are important. A group dynamic, be it friends, family or co-workers, will make the job much easier and safer. So, be careful, be alert and get help from your group.
Hummingbird a symbol for accomplishing that that seems impossible. It can teach you how to find the miracle of joyful living in your own life. Hummingbird medicine is herbal; it shows us how to use flowers for healing. They teach us how to draw life essence from flowers and create your own medicines. This totem reminds us to explore the past and extract the sweetness from it. It can help you find joy and sweetness in any situation. Grab joy as swiftly as you can. Hummingbird reminds us to find the joy in what we do and to sing it out.
Jellyfish: Working in a Group, Cautionary Messenger
Jellyfish is a cautionary messenger, especially for those who are working with the spirit realm. It may seem harmless and fun but it can be dangerous. Always put a circle of protection around you and never use a Ouija board, as those are not games, but an open portal to the spirit work and anything can come through. Jellyfish also shows us how to work through a division of labor. When a number of people are organized and working toward a common goal, success is much more likely. Sometimes you just can't do it all yourself. When Jellyfish appears, it is telling you to ask for help.
Jackal: Protection and Guidance
The Jackal is sacred to Anubis, the guardian between the worlds - the living and the dead, the waking and the sleeping. Therefore, a Jackal totem is a protector and a guide for those walking in the dream realm. Jackal brings to their totem people an awakening of psychic abilities that can alert them to any dangers. Jackals are also scavengers and their totem people are too. They can always find the most useful tool in the drawer. They are clever and intelligent and use their wits to find what they want and need. Jackal people are very loyal and committed to their friends, family and spouse.
Leopard: Silence and Renewal
Leopard gives its totem people silent, inconspicuous, strong intuitive abilities (inner instincts). He helps with overcoming haunts of the past. Leopard gives renewal of vision, helps in strength of inner demons, leaps about to be made spiritually, mentally and physically. He also aids in overall sensitivities, communication abilities and movement in dream world and the unconscious realms. Are you listening carefully of the world within and around you? Leopard teaches the nuance of hearing your heart and intuitions and when and how to react.
Ibis: Communication, Foundation, Patience
Ibis teaches sociability, communication and working cooperatively in a group. Being around others and their diversity of new ideas and thoughts that bring about new opportunities. Be open to the process even if means wandering from current ideals. Time to expand and explore. She will teach how to probe for more spiritual and emotional nourishment and to do this with confidence. Ibis will show building of solid foundations in existing personal or professional relationships in order to reach new levels. She will show how to find the knowledge that is needed. Ibis medicine teaches patience. She will show how to transition in steps as each week progresses so be ready because she heralds a new richness and fertility coming your way. The archetypal power of Ibis conveys sacrificial and protective elements in life's storms either in personal areas or towards others. Ibis is the sacred bird of the Egyptian god Thoth, the god of intellect.
Hornbill: Protection, Tenacity,
Hornbill is a protection totem, but usually when it comes to children. Someone with a Hornbill totem will do anything to defend their children. Hornbill people are often single parents. Observe a hornbill and learn from it. There is much wisdom that a hornbill can impart you. Always be ready to sacrifice all things for the sake of your children. Hornbill will give you the ability to pierce your way through walls of trials. Have the tenacity not only to endure but overcome this obstacle with flying colors. The hornbill does not tell you to just wait and let your problems pass, they are teaching you to find a way to escape that situation. It is also reminding us to use your charm when necessary. Hornbill uses its neighboring creatures for his benefits, without taking advantage of them or without causing any harm to both parties. It is also teaching us to live harmoniously to those people who do not belong to the same group.